Yesterday, SXSW Comedy announced the lineup of performers who are expected to take the stage at the annual music, film and interactive media festival in Austin, Texas.
The festival, which runs from March 11th to the 20th, features live podcasting, numerous live sets from big names and the comedians who will be the next big thing, tv show tapings, and much more. This year, the bench of performers is deep. There are well over fifty six different comedians taking the stage, as well as recordings of Comedy Central’s @midnight (which will also be broadcast on Periscope) and well known podcasts like Doug Loves Movies and HarmonQuest taking place throughout the week. The festival kicks off with Chris Hardwick’s @midnight on Friday, March 11th. The following night will be a sort of Mecca for comedy fans: comic Natasha Leggero will be hosting two stand up showcases, each featuring unique lineups chosen from a huge stable of comics who will be at the event. Among the many comics performing are: the notorious(ly loud) veteran of Last Comic Standing and the late night circuit, Todd Glass; Jack of all trades and captain of Nerdist Industries, Chris Hardwick; Community and Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon; star of the documentary Super High Me and host of the podcasts Doug Loves Movies and Getting Doug with High, Doug Benson; and star of Community and Netflix’s Love, Gillian Jacobs. Also taking the stage will be former SNL cast member Horatio Sanz; Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger; co-host of The Nerdist podcast and future host of the recently-Kickstarted Mystery Science Theater 3000, Jonah Ray; Superbad and Trainwreck director Judd Apatow; Upright Citizens Brigade founders Matt Walsh and Matt Besser, and host of Fusion’s No, You Shut Up! Paul F. Tompkins. Adding to the hilarity will be sets by Arden Myrin, Eric Andre, Eddie Pepitone, Nat Bargatze, Sean Patton, and many more!
These are only a handful of the huge list of comedians who will be making an appearance at this years festival, so anyone in the audience is all but destined to have a good time. The set times and lineups of the two showcases have not yet been announced, so for now, those looking to go will simply have to secure their badges and then wait for more information. Events will be taking place from 3/11 to 3/20, and will be available to all those with SXSW badges. Those with wrist bands will only be able to access certain events.
Go to SXSW.com for more information, the full lineup and to get badges and bracelets.